A peripherally inserted central venous catheter.
A peripherally inserted central venous catheter, or ‘PICC ‘line, a tube inserted into a peripheral blood vessel, usually in the arm and threaded toward large blood vessels in the area of the lungs and the heart. The catheter serves as a temporary portal for medications, food, fluids and blood draws. However, with prolonged use, the line can be contaminated and give dangerous bacteria entry into a patient’s blood stream.
On the importance of educating both parents and home-based caregivers on ways to prevent infections at home – ‘Children in the ICU have more severe disease and often require catheter, but it is important that we alert about patients with perceived’remain lower risk ‘outside the ICU, and in fact, the outside the hospital, because they infection infections, ‘says lead investigator Sonali Advani, MPH.. When researchers compared patients in intensive care with those on regular units, they found a 80 % higher risk of bloodstream infections among children in the ICU. However the study showed that more than 30 % of all infections in children outside the intensive care unit, a finding that attentive attentive monitoring all children with PICC occurred. About one-fifth of infections occurred after patients leave the hospital, the researchers found, a finding that is. (more…)